Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Seven Elves Arrested Blocking Gas Storage Facility

Over two-month civil disobedience campaign, 170 arrests have been made by Deirdre Fulton – Carrying banners that declared “Christmas Against Crestwood” and “Methane in Your Stocking is Worse Than Coal,” nine local activists dressed as Santa Claus and his North Pole ensemble were arrested Monday and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake in New York. Only Santa (Stefan Senders of Schuyler County) was handcuffed and searched before being taken into custody. The action marked nine weeks and 170 arrests as part of the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign. Protesters have been blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates, on the shore of the largest of New York’s Finger Lakes, since Thursday, October 23—the day before major new construction on the controversial gas storage facility was authorized to begin. On Wednesday, October 29, Crestwood called the police and the first...

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